A dark collection of twelve scary stories, one for each month of the year.
CROW MANOR (January) – A young couple struggling with their finances gets an amazing opportunity to house-sit at a strange mansion where something horrible waits for them.
FEARS OF TORTURE (February) – A new twist on the hitman and an assassination.
SQUISH (March) – After a man stages a deadly accident, the dead come back to haunt him in a peculiar way.
PURGATORY (April) – After a car accident, a family and their injured daughter are chased by the truck that hit them to a seemingly deserted town.
A KNOCK IN THE NIGHT (May) – A young couple staying the night in a remote cabin is terrorized by a stranger.
THE CLOSET MONSTER (June) – A young boy tries to convince his parents that there really is a monster in his closet.
THE TANK (July) – A man wakes up trapped inside a metal tank. He’s not sure who put him there or why, he just knows that he needs to escape.
WELCOME TO PARADISE (August) – A young woman with psychic powers and her three friends become stranded in a town where the people won’t let them leave.
SKINWALKERS (September) – Three bounty hunters in the Old West are attacked by skinwalkers while transporting a prisoner. This story has a slight connection to my novel Ancient Enemy.
THE SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN (October) – Three friends try to outdo each other with frights on Halloween night.
RATTRAP (November) – A young couple believes they have rats in the walls of their house – but their pest control problem is much worse than they ever imagined.
THE VENDING MACHINE (December) – Nine year old Sammy discovers a broken vending machine that seems to grant his wishes, but he must be very careful what he wishes for.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always loved short stories. Some of the first books I remember reading at eight and nine years old were collections of science fiction stories. From those books I discovered authors that I read for decades including Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke. I still read collections, looking to discover new authors to read. And through the years I’ve always wanted to write my own collection of scary stories. These stories in my collection range from published to unpublished, from stories written long ago to two stories written specifically for this book.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters in each story kind of came alive as I was writing each story.
I’ve been writing since the second grade when my teacher called my parents in for a conference because the ghost story I’d written had her a little concerned. By the time I was fourteen years old I was reading every Stephen King book I could find at the public library. I was hooked – I knew I had to be a writer.
Since then I’ve had several stories published and four screenplays optioned by producers in Hollywood. I’ve written four novels and a collection of short stories (Ancient Enemy, Descendants of Magic, The Summoning, Night Terrors, Ghost Town: a novella, and A Dark Collection: 12 Scary Stories) all of which are available on Amazon/Kindle. I’m a member of the Horror Writers Association.
I grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, and then after many travels and adventures, I settled down in Tampa, Florida with my wonderful wife and son, and a stray cat we adopted. I’m busy working on my next novels.
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